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Mastering Multi-Camera Techniques by Mitch Jacobson

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TIMECODE BASICS

We live and die by timecode.

Ray Volkema, editor, HD Net Concerts

If cameras, switchers, recording decks, and monitors are the skeleton of a multicam shoot, then timecode and sync are the central nervous system. Timecode is a sequence of binary coded decimals generated at regular intervals and used to label individual frames of video or film with a unique address consisting of the hour, minute, second, and frame number. It's a form of metadata defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as a master clock that enables the synchronization of editing and camera switching equipment.1 Timecode numbers are ...

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